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The Thrills Let's Bottle Bohemia Review

Album. Released 2004.  

BBC Review

The band have verve, youth and vigour and their ebullient style puts me in mind of The...

Niky Daley 2003

Let's Bottle Bohemia is the all important second album from Irish indie popsters The Thrills. It will determine if the hugely successful debut release So Much For The City was a one-off or whether the band have got more than one album in them.

It gets off to a very promising start with "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" - a strong piano melody and drums with a strident vocal over a Hammond organ backing. This is followed by their latest single "Whatever Happened To Corey Haim"; three minutes and thirty-four seconds of great pop. Personally I think the strings are a little overdone but Van Dyke Parks (string arranger for Brian Wilson's Smile amongst others) probably knows better. Peter Buck provides some extra guitar backing on the next song "Faded Beauty Queens". Apparently the R.E.M guitarist dropped into a Thrills gig in Seattle and subsequently agreed to play on the track.

The Dubliners' influences still sound more Stateside than Celtic. Note the references to gas rather than petrol and the songs discussing the American Dream. No doubt their producer Dave Sardy, who has produced Marilyn Manson and Johnny Cash, contributed to this American sound. The band have verve, youth and vigour and their ebullient style puts me in mind of The Monkees until I listen to the lyrics. Can you imagine Davy Jones singing about "a hooker with a heart of gold"?

These songs are not as cutesy as they first appear, they contain a dark element that gives them a certain depth. Written by the singer Conor Deasy, they frequently have a maturity that belie his young years but during others he comes across as a carefree lad who doesn't want to get tied down.

During a recent interview Deasy revealed that this album was pretty much written on the road. This was in stark contrast to their debut album that had been carefully honed before recording started. Let's Bottle Bohemia was recorded straight from raw demos and they are keen to keep such spontaneity going. In fact their main writer and singer is already chomping at the bit to get started on the third album and if that turns out anything like the last two - bring it on!

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